Where Is Isiah Pacheco From? Exploring Chiefs RB’s Ethnicity, Background, and History

Sitting at 8-3, the Chiefs are the AFC West leaders. A big reason is Isiah Pacheco, who is the Chiefs' leading rusher. What is his background?

The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of a battle for the AFC’s top seed heading into Week 13 of the NFL season. Sitting at 8-3, the Chiefs are the AFC West leaders. A major reason why has been running back Isiah Pacheco, who is the Chiefs’ leading rusher.

What’s his ethnicity, where’s he from, and what is the star running back’s background?

Where Is Isiah Pacheco From?

Pacheco was born March 2, 1999, in Vineland, New Jersey. He attended Vineland High School, where he played both quarterback and running back. He started playing football at a Pop Warner level, playing for the Vineland Blitz.

He was born to his parents, Felicia Cannon and Julio Pacheco. His father, Julio, is of Puerto Rican descent. His mother, on the other hand, is of Dominican descent. He is the youngest of five siblings. Unfortunately, he lost two of his siblings, Celeste and Travoise, to violence at a young age.

After a successful high school career, Pacheco committed to Rutgers University in 2017. He was also recruited by Syracuse, Maryland, and Virginia Tech.

He spent four seasons with Rutgers, where he got plenty of playing time. He compiled 2,442 yards and 18 touchdowns on 563 attempts. He added 47 receptions for 249 yards and one touchdown.

After his college career, Pacheco was taken in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He has played in every game since being drafted, starting 21 of them.

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In 28 games of action, Pacheco has rushed for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns on 328 carries, adding 43 receptions for one touchdown. Of those stats, 669 yards and five touchdowns came in 2023.

His first start came in Week 7 of 2022 against the San Francisco 49ers, but he burst onto the scene in Week 11 when the Chiefs faced the Los Angeles Chargers. In that game, Pacheco rushed for a career-high 107 yards on just 15 carries.

As just a rookie, Pacheco was a part of the 2023 Super Bowl-winning Chiefs, who defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII. In that game, Pacheco had 15 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Pacheco is the all-time leading season scrimmage yards leader for a rookie running back drafted in the seventh round, finishing his rookie season with 960 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns.

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